Allied Warships

USS Clemson (AVD 4)

Destroyer of the Clemson class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAVD 4 
ModSea plane tender 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down11 May 1918 
Launched5 Sep 1918 
Commissioned29 Dec 1919 
End service12 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned on 30 June 1922
Reclassified as sea plane tender AVP-17 on 15 November 1939
Recommissioned on 12 July 1940
Classification changed to AVD-4 on 24 August 1940
Converted back into a destroyer during March-May 1943.
Reclassified back to DD-186 on 1 December 1943
Converted to High Speed Transport and reclassified APD-31 on 1 May 1944
Reclassified back to Destroyer DD-186 on 16 July 1945
Decommissioned on 12 October 1945
Stricken on 24 October 1945
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 21 November 1946


Commands listed for USS Clemson (AVD 4)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Perry Whitney, USN12 Jul 194028 Feb 1942
2T/Lt.Cdr. William Mason Walsh, USN28 Feb 19423 Mar 1942
3Cdr. John Perry Whitney, USN3 Mar 194222 Apr 1942 (1)
4T/Lt.Cdr. William Mason Walsh, USN22 Apr 19429 Feb 1943
5T/Cdr. Evan White Yancey, USN9 Feb 19433 Sep 1943
6Lt. William Francis Moran, USNR3 Sep 19434 Mar 1945
7Arthur H. Hardy, Jr., USNR4 Mar 194521 Sep 1945
8James Howard Robertson, USNR21 Sep 194512 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Clemson include:

13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-172 was sunk on 13 December 1943 in the mid-Atlantic after a 27 hour fight west of the Canary Islands, in position 26°29'N, 29°58'W, by depth charges and Fido homing torpedoes from Avenger and Wildcat aircraft (VC-19) of the American escort carrier USS Bogue and by some 200 depth charges from the US destroyers USS George E. Badger, USS Clemson, USS Osmond Ingram and USS Du Pont.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore

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